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25 Mar 2016

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume mascara


I need to tell you about this. For nearly a year I have been fully embracing a strip lash addiction. Like you didn't know...

Those Eylure 143's are my immediate fast track to feeling pretty and without them I have generally felt like a piggy-eyed plain Jane.

For the past month however I have been more than occasionally skipping the lashes and opting for a lash-tactic mascara instead. We cannot overstate this - in my makeup world this is news of seismic proportions.

I, like most of you, am very demanding with my mascara. I'm inwardly laughing at myself when I make such a statement because....its only bloody lashes! However, if it is possible to create a colour darker than black then I want it embodied within the formula, it must define, add volume and width to the actual lashes and under no circumstances can it flake. Alright?

MUFE Smokey Lash and Bourjois Volume One Seconde and MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D have been my most recent favourites and now I can add Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume to the mix.

I got sent this and it arrived in an over the top press package, complete with a video from both the lead designer and make up artist, explaining the product. As impressive as this might be it always sets off alarm bells and the sceptic in me wonders if they have invested all the capital in marketing rather than product performance.

I can happily report that this is one of those amazing products that deserves both a shout out and a rapid repurchase. You know those mascaras that are good from day 1? Well this is like that.

The premise is the look of false lashes and a reported / bollocks sounding 1800% increase in volume. Ya, okay...how is that quantified exactly?


All I know is that the brush is of fairly standard variety but the formula is extremely dark, leaving you with a defined lash line,  rich looking lashes, and creating that thickness that helps me forget the falsies. It's easy to remove at the end of the day and in the moments leading up to this point there is no flaking and minimal transfer on my brow bone.


Top worn in this picture is a beauty from Topshop - Link!

However, all good things must come to an end and this is one of those mascara's whose longevity would be hard pressed to last 6 weeks. Reach that point and it starts to dry out and become trickier to work with.

The other downer to note is that the wand likes to store product. Over repeated use you will notice that it is deeply coated and as a result will lead to some clumping. As a spider lash lover I don't hate this but the little ball of product that seems to appear at the end of the wand is less welcome and needs to be wiped off.

So the ultimate question? After getting this as a freebie would I spend my own money and pick it up for myself?

Yes. Without question and I am planning to do so in the next week. It costs around $26 and if we are talking price versus quality ratio, I am happy to shell out for it.

What's your favourite mascara right now? 

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  1. I just bought this today!!! Xx

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    1. Oooh I'm glad they have it! I heard April for Dubai but in that case I'll repurchase tomorrow!

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    2. Saya IBU SALMAH ingin berbagi cerita kepada anda semua bahwa saya yg dulunya cuma seorang TKW di ARAB SAUDI jadi pembantu rumah tangga yg gajinya tidak mencukupi keluarga di kampun,jadi TKW itu sangat menderita dan di suatu hari saya duduk2 buka internet dan tidak di sengaja saya melihat komentar orang tentan AKI SOLEH dan katanya bisa membantu orang untuk memberikan nomor yg betul betul tembus dan kebetulan juga saya sering pasan nomor di ARAB SAUDI,akhirnya saya coba untuk menhubungi AKI SOLEH dan ALHAMDULILLAH beliau mau membantu saya untuk memberikan nomor,dan nomor yg di berikan AKI SOLEH meman betul2 terbukti tembus dan saya sangat bersyukur berkat bantuan AKI SOLEH kini saya bisa pulang ke INDONESIA untuk buka usaha sendiri,,munkin saya tidak bisa membalas budi baik AKI SOLEH sekali lagi makasih yaa AKI dan bagi teman2 yg menjadi TKW atau TKI seperti saya,bila butuh bantuan hubungi saja AKI SOLEH DI 082-313-336-747- insya ALLAH beliau akan membantu anda.Ini benar benar kisah nyata dari saya seorang TKW trimah kasih banyak AKI atas bantuang nomor togel nya wassalam.


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      Saya IBU SALMAH ingin berbagi cerita kepada anda semua bahwa saya yg dulunya cuma seorang TKW di ARAB SAUDI jadi pembantu rumah tangga yg gajinya tidak mencukupi keluarga di kampun,jadi TKW itu sangat menderita dan di suatu hari saya duduk2 buka internet dan tidak di sengaja saya melihat komentar orang tentan AKI SOLEH dan katanya bisa membantu orang untuk memberikan nomor yg betul betul tembus dan kebetulan juga saya sering pasan nomor di ARAB SAUDI,akhirnya saya coba untuk menhubungi AKI SOLEH dan ALHAMDULILLAH beliau mau membantu saya untuk memberikan nomor,dan nomor yg diberikan AKI SOLEH meman betul2 terbukti tembus dan saya sangat bersyukur berkat bantuan AKI SOLEH kini saya bisa pulang ke INDONESIA untuk buka usaha sendiri,,munkin saya tidak bisa membalas budi baik AKI SOLEH sekali lagi makasih yaa AKI dan bagi teman2 yg menjadi TKW atau TKI seperti saya,bila butuh bantuan hubungi saja AKI SOLEH DI 082-313-336-747- insya ALLAH beliau akan membantu anda.Ini benar benar kisah nyata dari saya seorang TKW
      trimah kasih banyak AKI atas bantuang nomor togel nya wassalam.


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  2. aah your eyelashes look amazing! definitely going to try this!

    rachel // Style Soup

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    1. Thank you Rachel! It's definitely worth a try x

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  3. I have been on lash extensions for a year now, simply because I was tired to find the right mascara for my thin and not at all curly lashes. At some point I will have to take a rest and will definetly try the MJacobs one, thanks for recommending it! Looks promising on you, your lashes are stunning!

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  4. The lacking longevity would be a deal breaker for me, I don't want to repurchase my mascara every six weeks.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. I totally understand. I think one of the most long lasting mascara's was the MAC Dimension one I mentioned above. I felt like that was the wand that kept on giving :)

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  5. I knew you'd love this!

    Lis X

    Www.elisabethrilatt.com

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  6. Wow, I love the result! I think I'll buy that mascara next.

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    1. Thanks Jana! I hope its easy to get hold of for you - Marc Jacobs have such limited retail distribution!

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  7. I'm loving the No7 Velvet lash mascara. So good xx Siobhan

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    1. I need to try that because just by the name I reckon it's similar/the same as this!

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  8. Wow, loved the background in the first photo with the mascara streaks! Very creative :) pleased to hear from snapchat that you're going to be doing more beauty-related content! Can't wait xxx

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    1. haha I am glad someone noticed :) Yeah I love clothes and all that but beauty is something that I just love writing about. I'll pepper the posts with ootd every now and then but maybe have a refocus :) Thanks Maria!

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  9. This has quickly become my new favorite too!

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    1. Yay! I feel like we need to high five :)

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  10. I didn't like this one. I got a sample of it earlier this year and found it a little too much for my tastes. Also, it flaked on me, and I very rarely experience flaking. I much prefer Velvet Noir. You still get the volume, but there's not a boatload of formula on the wand. And no flaking.

    But my favourite mascara over the last few years has been Bare Minerals Flawless Definition. Overall I like my lashes to look like my lashes but enhanced, not like gross-looking clumps.

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    1. I have never looked at BM for mascara - I should check it out!

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  11. I got this a couple weeks ago and am loving too!
    The Beauty Bloss

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    1. Yay! I am so glad it worked out for you :)

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  13. Oh man, I've been reading about this and really want to get it. Though my only concern is smudging? Nearly all mascaras smudge on me, aside from Estée Lauder's Double Wear Mascara and Japanese drugstore ones...

    find me on 9outoften.com

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    1. Estee Lauder Double Wear Mascara? Why have I never tried this!

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  14. I was totally sold until I read it's going to last about 6 wks & the clumping. I've been loving Estee Lauder's Sumptuous Knockout Mascara, you HAVE to try this Laura, it's the blackest of black & really fans out the lashes & adds volume without caking.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

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    1. It sounds like I do! Thank you for the tip Adele :)

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  15. I found your blog through Brigitte Hayley's video, I'm now addicted and have been reading through all your posts! This mascara sounds amazing,I need to buy a new one so might give this a go. My favourites are Too Faced Better Than Sex and Maybelline Lash Sensational x

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    1. Thank you for telling me about Brigitte! I just subscribed :)

      Oh and thank you for reading all my waffle :)

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  16. This looks great! I went to Sephora yesterday and saw this and the new liquid eyeliner and I've been fighting the urge to go back and pick them up. Don't know if I can now...

    - Elodie x

    www.elle-yeah.com

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    1. a new liquid eyeliner you say...? :) Yeah by the time you add up the cost of two products it becomes $$$$$ - I'm so glad Sephora is so rubbish here and I am not tempted as I would be in the US!

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  17. I love this one, too. It's the first new mascara I've bought in years. Wait, that sounds wrong. I don't mean I've been using the same old mascaras for years! I mean: I keep repurchasing the same brand/type (Diorshow and Urban Decay Cannonball). I try samples of lots and lots of others, but they never quite measure up to the old standbys. The Marc Jacobs, however, I adore. My lashes don't look as amazing as yours in it--but they do look their best. :)

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    1. Oooh I've never looked at Urban Decay Cannonball!

      I really had no idea what to expect from this brand when it comes to mascara but it turns out he makes an excellent one!

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  18. Illamasqua had a scandal a while back in which they broadcasted an ad that was offensive to many people. Letters were sent, blog posts were written. What did Illamasqua do as a response? Ignore all of it, justify the ad and keep it in print. I can understand if they made a mistake and it was not their intention. However, once being told what their ad represents they had a choice what to do afterwards. Mac has made this mistake in the past but they pulled entire collections that were offensive. Illamasqua did not even pull an ad and just made reasons for keeping it up. Even though I personally did not find the ad offensive, how the company treated the people that were hurt made me question whether I wanted to buy their products or support them anymore. Hope this helps!

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    1. Ahhhh! Your comment completely jogged my memory - I think the advert was felt to be racist? Now that makes sense! And yes I agree that their should be an admission by the brand rather than radio silence. I think in this era the latter comes across as juvenile and arrogant.

      Thanks for message Jenni!

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  19. I am dying to try this mascara!
    Also your photography is amazing!!

    Ailsa // www.ailsahymers.co.uk

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  21. $26? That's it? Converted, that's only 7.8KD! Oh, I think I spend around that much on drugstore makeup here in Kuwait! I'm currently using the Bourjois Volume Glamour Push Up mascara. Phew, what a mouthfull, but it is awesome! It gives me voluminious dark lashes (I love that sultry clumpy look) and this really delivers.

    I paid the equivalent of $18 for it and would gladly shell out a little more if Marc Jacobs was so cheap here. Sadly no. Sigh.

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  22. looks absolutely gorgeous. I remember seeing other bloggers show the packaging this came in a while back - very OTT! Have you ever used products like Revitalash or Lilash by the way, or are you just blessed with naturally long lashes? I'm very envious.

    Rachel | www.currentlyrachel.com

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